Tag Archives: Traditional IRA

2010 IRA to Roth Rollover

Today TaxMama hears from Billie in the TaxQuips Forum who’s getting conflicting information. “In 2010 there was this nice ‘deferment’ one could take advantage of when converting a traditional IRA to a ROTH. By doing that in 2010, you could postpone half of the taxes due to 2011 and the other half to 2012. My […]

Ten Tips for Taxpayers Contributing to an Individual Retirement Plan

If you haven’t made all the contributions to your traditional Individual Retirement Arrangement that you want to make – don’t worry, you may still have time.  Here are the top 10 things the Internal Revenue Service wants you to know about setting aside retirement money in an IRA. 1. You may be able to deduct some […]

IRA for Home

Today TaxMama hears from Matthew in California who begs leave…  “I withdrew money from my IRA for a first time home purchase.  The amount was over $10,000, the lifetime maximum. Can any of the portion over the $10k mark be attached to my wife’s name?  In effect, could we get a $20K early withdrawal penalty exemption […]

Bad Roth IRA Advice

Today TaxMama hears from Carla in Indiana, who is concerned. “I have a client who took $105,000 from his 401(k) and rolled it over into a ROTH IRA because his investment advisor said that you only include the income you made that year. My research says to include the whole $105,000 as income.”

Transferring an IRA Triggered 10% Penalty

Courtesy of David & Mary Mellem, EAs We’re not talking about a normal transfer of an IRA here. We are talking about a taxpayer who transfers an IRA from which the taxpayer was taking substantial equal periodic payments. First an overview: A taxpayer is generally subject to income tax on distributions from an IRA account […]

Five Important Changes for Taxpayers

Here are a few tax law changes you may want to note before filing your 2008 federal tax return: 1. Expiring Tax Breaks Renewed The following popular tax breaks were renewed for tax-years 2008 and 2009: Deduction for state and local sales taxes on Form 1040 Schedule A, Line 5 Educator expense deduction on Form […]

Saver’s Credit for Retirement Savings Contributions

If you make eligible contributions to an employer-sponsored retirement plan or to an individual retirement arrangement, you may be able to take a tax credit. The Savers Credit formally known as the Retirement Savings Contributions Credit applies to individuals with a filing status and income of: Single with income up to $26,000 Head of Household […]

Taxes on Early Distributions from Retirement Plans

Courtesy of the Internal Revenue Service TT-2008-36 Payments that you receive from your IRA or qualified retirement plan before you reach age 59½ are normally called ‘early’ or ‘premature’ distributions. These funds are subject to an additional 10 percent tax and must be reported to the IRS. There are a number of exceptions to this […]

Rolled Over Roth

Today TaxMama hears from Michael who’s got a problem. “Currently, I have a Roth IRA account with Fidelity and want to switch to another financial institute. But I’ve been told there is a fee to do that. I am wondering if there is any do-it-yourself way to transfer my Roth IRA without incurring the early […]

Plan Now to Get Full Benefit of Saver’s Credit

Tax Break Helps Low- and Moderate-Income Workers Save for Retirement IR-2007-187, Nov. 9, 2007 – Courtesy of the Internal Revenue Service WASHINGTON — Low- and moderate-income workers can take steps now to save for retirement and earn a special tax credit in 2007 and the years ahead, according to the Internal Revenue Service. The saver’s […]

Roth IRA and 401(k)

Today TaxMama hears from Ken in Los Angeles, who tells us “I’ve maxed out my regular 401K contribution ($15,500 I think) for the year. Are there any negative tax consequences if I start contributing to a ROTH IRA?”